James Whelan, O.P. (December 8, 1823 – February 18, 1878) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the second bishop of the Diocese of Nashville in Tennessee from 1860 to 1864.BiographyEarly life
Whelan was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, and moved with his parents to the United States at age 10 or 12, settling in New York. He joined the Dominican Order in 1839 at the novitiate in Springfield, Kentucky, and made his profession in 1842. He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican convent at Somerset, Ohio.Whelan was ordained a priest for the Dominican Order by Bishop John Purcell on August 2, 1846. He then worked as a missionary before being appointed president in 1852 of St. Joseph's College in Somerset. In 1854, he became provincial superior of St. Joseph's Province (which included all the United States except the Pacific Coast).Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Nashville
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